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Ever had a tick on your skin?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by IndianaMatt, May 27, 2012.

  1. IndianaMatt

    IndianaMatt

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    Yesterday I spent a day hiking in the woods. Last night, I wake up and I feel something crawling on the back of my neck. Needless to say, I was alarmed. I put my hand back there and grabbed a TICK - just as it was starting to dig in!!

    I don't know why but something about ticks is seriously disgusting. I don't gross out easily but whenever my dogs get them it grosses me out.

    Last night it was my turn. It made my skin crawl that something was trying to EAT ME.
     
  2. droidfire

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    Just put a glob of vaseline over it. It starts to suffocate, backs out - then you just wipe it off. There is no better way to remove one that's 'dug in'.
     

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    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

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    I've had a few, most memorably on my scalp and sack.
     
  4. IndianaMatt

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    Nooooooooo!!!!
     
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  5. Alchemy

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    I've had one years ago when I was packing a deer out
    over my shoulders. Thankfully my wife found it before
    the the little bugger dug in.
     
  6. Detectorist

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    Yep. Ticks and leeches.
     
  7. .264 magnum

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    I used to spend a lot of time in Arkansas and Missouri - the Arkansas state bird should be the tick. I've pulled, burned and "vasolined" hundreds off of my body over the years.
     
  8. jeager

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    Panning for gold on the Calaveras, Friday.
    Three on me, one in the car, and four more
    while the shower was warming-up.
    Tuck your pants into your socks, button-up your shirt, and don't try
    to take a nap in the tall grass.
     
  9. IndianaMatt

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    Oh crap this thread is making me wonder:

    do I have/can I get/do I need a Lyme Disease vaccination??
     
  10. JudgeRoyBean

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    Ticks are nasty they can cause Lyme disease.
     
  11. droidfire

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    Eat more garlic. The sulfer in your bloodstream makes you less attractive to munch on by blood sucking parasites.

    This works best if you are with someone else who doesn't consume garlic - if it's just you out there it won't help much.
     
  12. 8-Ball

    8-Ball Old SoulSoul

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  13. Golddog

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    Hundreds, maybe thousands have bitten me - I run and hike in the woods for hours every week. The Vaseline and tweezers stuff takes forever, so I just grab the little suckers and yank 'em off.

    After one short hike a couple of years ago, I took 242 new ticks off of one of my dogs.

    Of course, my wife, son, dogs and I have had Lyme's Disease repeatedly. It's just the cost of enjoying the out-of-doors.
     
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    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

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    Yeah buddy. Was way back on the bottom/back, made it even better.


    Had a leach on my leg when I was a kid, still a bald spot where it was.
     
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    Many times either by the black and red ones.
     
  16. 8-Ball

    8-Ball Old SoulSoul

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    I've pulled literally hundreds, if not thousands, of ticks off of myself. Some dug in, most just crawling. They're just like any other bug, annoying and mostly harmless.
     
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    You're speaking of Northern Arkansas I take it. Down south, the mosquito takes that title by a long shot. Yeah, we have ticks too, but picking off a few ticks pales in comparison to the millions of mosquitoes.

    I've never done anything but pluck ticks off. I saw something the other day talking about vasaline, burning, etc.. They said it makes the ticks regurgitate in you, so that's a no no. Plucking is the best way.
     
  18. m2hmghb

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    The Lyme vaccination was pulled from the market years ago, apparently it caused arthritis in some people(my theory is they had a dormant case of Lyme but when they got the vaccine the Lyme went active).

    Ticks are really nasty, they can carry pathogens like Lyme, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Mycoplasma infections and so on. The best way to remove them is to grasp the feeder with tweezers and gently but firmly pull them out. If you use a match they'll regurgitate into the skin, the same if you smother or suffocate them.
     
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    Yup. Just pulled one off my wife yesterday after a day of hiking. It was dug in her ankle. She was freaking. Me, no biggie. Like said earlier, just pull firmly but gently.
     
  20. FatPants

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    While geocaching in the woods I wear clothing treated with pemethrin, and tuck my pant legs into my boots. I'll sometimes find a hundred or so dead ones on my pants, one or two may make their way inside.

    I pop the off, and keep them in a film canister in the freezer just in case the symptoms of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, or Lyme Disease start setting in. My area is one of the worst in the country for these diseases, so I take it seriously, but I don't let it keep me from enjoining the outdoors.